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Save X Splurge: NARS foundation and its less expensive drugstore version

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We all love good quality make up.  And that means sometimes investing in high-end brands. High-end make up can be great for a bunch of different reasons. The main one being because they’re made of higher quality ingredients and less fillers than their less expensive counterparts.

However, more expensive doesn’t always mean “better” in a sense that will get you better results. Sometimes higher price also means you’re paying to have more shade options. Or —  let’s be honest with ourselves — sometimes we’re just paying for better marketing.  High-end brands are more often than not overhyped (in my very honest but humble opinion).

But we’re all different in what we’re looking for in terms of makeup, especially foundation. There are many different issues one can address as you probably know.  Is it your goal that your make up lasts longer? Or is it that it has buildable coverage without caking?  Or is it that won’t melt in your face when it’s 100-degrees outside?

As you can see, there are a lot of different factors to consider when choosing between high end and less expensive drugstore foundation.

One brand we can all agree on that consistently performs well in almost every category is the NARS foundation. Nars is a brand loved by many, specifically, Nars Sheer Glow foundation, which gets glowing reviews from almost every expert and beauty blogger out there.

I admit that Nars is a pretty good foundation, but to keep investing in high-end brands can get expensive over time. And I’m not knocking down the brand in any way. I’m a fan of their many different products, but I also know sometimes we just want a less expensive alternative.

And boy, have I found the perfect Nars foundation dupe for you! It’s none less than the famous drugstore brand  Neutrogena with its Healthy Skin liquid makeup foundation. The coverage is pretty similar to Nars (from sheer to medium). It’s just as buildable and also has a lightweight to it. The choice of shades is more limited, but for a fraction of that price, you already knew that. On the flip side, you get SPF 20 coverage, which Nars doesn’t have.

Overall, both can do a very similar job, bonus points for Neutrogena though, because also doesn’t melt in your face in extreme weather conditions. Tried and tested.

Try for yourself and let me know what you think!